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PRODUCERS TO WATCH: Zigg Zag


Artist Bio

Zigg Zag is an American Hip-Hop music producer from Long Island, New York. It’s safe to say that the dark and gritty sound of 90’s New York Hip-Hop shaped Zigg Zag’s sonic aesthetic just as much as his appreciation for horror films. As a producer, Zigg wears his influences on his sleeve by combining pensive melodies and aggressive drum patterns to lay the groundwork for his haunted bass-heavy soundscapes. Nevertheless, his execution varies with every project released. His portfolio spanning 12 years with 17 projects etched in his discography. His latest album “Blue Dream” released on October 9, 2020. Currently, Zigg Zag is working on the release of his next project entitled simply “kata”, slated for release September 3, 2021.


Outside of music, what do you spend the most time doing?

When I’m not at my 9-5 or binging shows with the wife, you’ll probably catch me smoking like a chimney out in my backyard. Haha. Honestly, music takes up a lot of my spare time though. Even if I’m not producing stuff for weeks on end, so much work goes into self promotion, from designing artwork to creating videos and submitting tracks to blogs or playlists. I’ve also been doing a lot of upgrading, buying new plugins and synthesizers, plus researching building a new PC in the next year or so so I can get my sound bigger and better each time. So music encompasses and motivates a bunch of other hobbies indirectly.

Who are your favorite artists?

If we’re talking all-time rappers, Redman is my personal favorite. Dare Iz A Darkside influenced the hell out of me. After that I gotta go with 2Pac and Nas. From today’s crop I’m a huge fan of Freddie Gibbs, Denzel Curry, JID, Benny the Butcher and Flatbush Zombies. I feel like I gotta shoutout some producers too and I got a lot of my influence from RZA, Erick Sermon, DJ Premier and Pete Rock early on. Today, it feels a little harder to follow producers cause there’s so many but I love almost everything I hear from Kenny Beats.

When did you start recording music?

Summer 2008 is when I started to make beats. I was 19 years old just throwing stuff together in FL Studio to see what stuck. My first completed beat ever sampled Kool & The Gang’s “Summer Madness” which is still one of my favorite soul records. After that you couldn’t keep me away, I dropped 8 beat tapes from ‘09 to 13’, not counting one or two tapes that got lost in the shuffle over the years. I took a long hiatus from 14’ to 17’ but since then I’ve been dropping music pretty consistently again.

What are your favorite tv shows at the moment?

Black Monday is hilarious and so is Desus & Mero. Showtime has my subscription fee on lock as long as those are on. I’m waiting on new seasons of Ozark, Stranger Things and probably my all-time favorite Curb Your Enthusiasm. I’m a big horror fan though so I’m trying to find a new series in that genre right now if anyone has suggestions, hit me up.

What are three things you couldn’t live without?

My wife is a big one because of how supportive she is. She’s my rock. Music is another for very obvious reasons. I don’t know what I’d do with myself if I wasn’t involved in it. Everything else is far and away as a third option, honestly.

Do you have any new music coming soon?

Absolutely! I just dropped my single “The Shogun” on June 11th and I have another one dropping July 9th called “The Art of War”. These will set the stage for my album “KATA” coming September 3rd. I’m super hype about this album. It’s heavily inspired by Japanese culture and packed with really cool moments. I’ve been working on it on and off for about a year. I would make a beat then revisit it a couple months later to see what I can do to liven it up even more. Right now I’m in the final stages of mixing it, trying to get it to sound as polished as I possibly can so that it sounds good no matter where you hear it. Look out for it, for sure! KATA! 9/3/21!



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